For many people, the main aim when selling Bitcoin will be to cash out for INR, so you can find instructions on how to do that below.
However, if you want to trade your BTC for another crypto, we’ve included a step-by-step guide on how to do that as well.
Selling BTC for Indian rupees
If you want to sell BTC for fiat currency, here’s an example of how you can do it:
As the world’s oldest and most-renowned cryptocurrency, Bitcoin is listed on the vast majority of crypto exchanges. Most exchanges that let you buy Bitcoin with fiat currency will also let you sell Bitcoin for fiat currency.
There are many exchanges available, so compare the features of a few to find a platform that meets your needs. You can then sign up for an account by providing your email address and creating a password. To satisfy Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) regulations, most exchanges will also require you to provide your full name, address and proof of ID.
Once you’ve created an account, make sure you enable 2-factor authentication for added security before moving on to step 2.
Before you can sell your Bitcoin, you’ll need to transfer it into the wallet of your chosen exchange. This means you’ll need to log in to your exchange account, find the deposit address for Bitcoin, and then transfer BTC from your external wallet to that address.
On most exchanges, you can find your exchange Bitcoin wallet address by looking for a section that says “wallets” or by going to the “deposits” section and selecting Bitcoin as the deposit method.
For example, if you’re using WazirX, you can do this by clicking on “Funds” at the top of the screen. Select Bitcoin (BTC) and click on the “Deposit” button. Here you’ll see your “Destination Address” to which you can transfer BTC.
What does a Bitcoin wallet address look like?
Bitcoin wallet addresses consist of 25 to 36 alphanumeric characters. They will always begin with either a “1”, a “3” or “bc1”. For example:
Funds may be lost if you try to send Bitcoin to a non-Bitcoin address, so it’s worth double checking to make sure you’re looking at an address that begins with the correct prefix.
Once your transfer has been completed, it’s time to click through to the trading page on your chosen platform. You can then search for the currency pair you want to trade, in this case BTC/INR, and enter all the details of your transaction.
On WazirX you’ll need to visit the “BTC/INR” market and click on the “Sell” option. Type the amount and rate at which you want to sell in the field provided. For instant execution, select the “Highest Price” option and place the order.
Of course, make sure you take a moment to review the full details of the transaction before submitting it.
The final step is to withdraw the INR you’ve acquired to your bank account. This is a simple process on most platforms – just look for the “Withdraw” link and follow the prompts – but make sure to check any limits and fees that apply before finalising your transaction.
If you’re using WazirX, you can click on “Funds” in the top bar. Under “Rupee (INR)”, click on the “Withdraw” button to initiate the withdrawal process.
Selling BTC for cryptocurrency
If you want to exchange your Bitcoin for another cryptocurrency, here’s how you can do it:
If you want to sell your Bitcoin on the exchange where you initially purchased it, skip ahead to step 2.
If you’ll be using a new exchange, you’ll need to search for platforms that list your desired Bitcoin trading pair and then compare the features they have to offer. Bitcoin can be exchanged for hundreds of altcoins on a huge range of platforms, so you’ll have plenty of crypto exchanges to choose from.
When you find one that suits your needs, enter your email address and create a password to sign up for an account. Depending on the exchange you choose, you may also need to provide your full personal details and photo ID to satisfy Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML/CTF) requirements.
Remember to enable 2-factor authentication on your account before proceeding any further.
To move the Bitcoin you want to sell into your exchange wallet, you’ll first need to find the BTC deposit address.
For example, on Binance you can do this by selecting “Deposits” from the “Funds” drop-down menu. Choose BTC as your deposit currency and copy the relevant wallet address or scan the QR code.
You can then head over to your wallet and use the address you’ve just copied as the destination for your BTC transfer.
Once the coins have arrived in your account, navigate your way to the trading section of your chosen platform. Find the currency pair you want to trade and then enter the full details of your sale.
For example, on Binance you can do this by clicking on “Exchange” and selecting either the “Basic” or “Advanced” trading view. Use the box on the right of screen to search for your desired trading pair – let’s say BTC/ETH for the sake of this example – and choose the type of order you want to place.
You can then type in how much BTC you want to sell, review the details of the transaction and click “Sell BTC”.
While you can keep your new crypto in your exchange wallet if you plan on making regular trades, the security risks associated with exchanges mean this is risky and not recommended for long-term holding.
With this in mind, find a crypto wallet that supports your new digital currency and allows you to control your private key. Create your wallet, find its deposit address and then transfer your crypto from the exchange into your wallet.
For example, you can withdraw coins from your Binance account by clicking the “Funds” drop-down menu and selecting “Withdrawals”. Select the currency you want to transfer, specify your withdrawal amount and then enter your wallet address. Your new cryptocurrency will then be sent to your private wallet for safe storage.
Must read: How to sell a large amount of Bitcoin
If you’re looking to sell a large amount of Bitcoin, such as US$50,000 or more, conducting the transaction through an ordinary crypto exchange may not be the best way to go about it, because there may not be sufficient liquidity on a traditional exchange. This can result in slower processing times or “slippage” – which is when a large market sell order eats through the available buy orders, resulting in a price drop.
The transaction limits on these exchanges may also be too low for your needs, so anyone looking to sell a large amount of Bitcoin should consider an over-the-counter (OTC) trade. OTC trades are those that take place away from a conventional, regulated exchange, and they offer a simpler and more cost-effective way to buy and sell large amounts of Bitcoin.
There’s no such thing as a best way to sell Bitcoin for everyone, because what works well for one person might not necessarily be a good fit for the next. Instead, it’s all about working out which option is the right choice for you. You can do this by asking yourself a few important questions:
Do you want to sell Bitcoin for INR or another cryptocurrency?
How quickly do you want to sell your Bitcoin?
Are you willing to accept a price well below the market rate, or do you want to negotiate the best price possible?
If selling for INR, how do you want to receive payment?
This should help you decide how you want to sell your Bitcoin, and you can then figure out which platform has all the features you need. When comparing your options, make sure you consider:
Price. How does the exchange rate you’ll get compare to those offered by other platforms?
Fees. Compare any trading fees that apply and whether there’s a fee for withdrawing funds into your bank account or crypto wallet.
Trading and withdrawal limits. Is there any limit on the amount of Bitcoin you can sell, or on how much INR you can withdraw from your account?
Security features. Are there any security measures in place to help protect your funds and your private data, for example 2-factor authentication or a reputation system for buyers and sellers?
Customer support. If something goes wrong with your transaction, how will you be able to contact customer support? During what hours is support available?
Reputation and reviews. Seek out online reviews and check crypto forum posts from other users to find out whether they’d recommend a particular exchange, trading platform or Bitcoin ATM provider.
There are several other important features to consider, such as where an exchange is regulated and the payment methods accepted by peer-to-peer trading sites, so check out our cryptocurrency exchange guide for more tips on how to choose the right platform.
How to sell Bitcoin: what are my options?
The step-by-step guides above take you through the process of selling Bitcoin on an exchange. However, this is just one of several options available when you want to cash out your Bitcoin, so let’s take a closer at what other options you have.
Why might you choose this option? If you’re looking for a convenient and simple way to turn Bitcoin into INR or another fiat currency.
Pros: Convenient, quick and easy, allows you to exchange BTC for fiat
Cons: Transaction fees can sometimes be steep or the rates poor, ID verification process can cause delays
This refers to selling cryptocurrency directly to an exchange at a market price chosen by the exchange. Many cryptocurrency exchanges offer brokerage services, and you’ll often see brokerage services referred to as “instant buy/sell” or “quick sell” options. This is a popular option for anyone looking to sell Bitcoin, because it’s fast and easy to do from the comfort of your couch. The downside is that you may be able to get a better price elsewhere, and you need to make sure the broker is offering you a fair price for your Bitcoin.
Some cryptocurrency exchanges where you can sell Bitcoin directly to the exchange for INR are WazirX and BuyUcoin.
Why might you choose this option? If you want to set your own price and enjoy greater control over the sale process
Pros: Could help you get a better price, provides you with more flexibility and control over the sale process
Cons: Slower than using a broker, options may be limited for certain fiat currencies, can take longer if you want to ensure a good price
Selling Bitcoin on a cryptocurrency exchange involves placing a sell order on the exchange order books, where it gets matched with buy orders places by other users. This can be almost as quick and easy as selling to a broker, and can help you find better prices when selling your Bitcoin. However, it also requires a bit more know-how and your choice of exchanges may be limited depending on what fiat currency you want to sell Bitcoin for.
The way the sale actually takes place will vary depending on the peer-to-peer platform you’re using. For example, while some platforms only accept online bank transfers, sites like LocalBitcoins accept everything from cash and credit cards to PayPal and Western Union transfers.
The registration process varies from platform to platform, but some peer-to-peer marketplaces allow you to trade with a certain level of anonymity. However, you’ll need to be willing to accept that selling in this way may take longer than some other options, and you’ll need to compete with other sellers to get the attention of a suitable buyer.
Why might you choose this option? If you want a quick and easy way to turn your Bitcoin into cold, hard cash.
Pros: Quick and easy, a fast way to cash out your Bitcoin when you need fiat currency
Cons: Bitcoin ATMs (particularly those that let you sell BTC) can be difficult to find, and have high transaction fees
Bitcoin ATMs allow you to deposit cash and convert it to Bitcoin. However, some of these ATMs also allow you to transact in the opposite direction – in other words, convert your BTC balance into fiat currency so you can withdraw cash.
The main advantage of this approach is that it offers fast access to cash, providing an instant way to turn your digital coins into real-world money. Unfortunately, Bitcoin ATMs can be hard to find, and even if you stumble across one there’s no guarantee that it will support selling services. You’ll typically also need to provide some form of ID before you can complete a transaction, and be willing to accept high fees compared to other selling options.
Why might you choose this option? If you want to sell in person, anonymously or for cash, if you want to try to sell above market rates or if you can’t find another suitable exchange
Pros: You can choose a range of payment methods, you can sell anonymously, some buyers may be willing to pay above market rates
Cons: Very risky if dealing with a stranger, more time-consuming than selling online
Want to sell some BTC to a friend or family member? If they already have a Bitcoin wallet set up, the process is easy. All you have to do is scan their wallet QR code or copy its address, transfer them the BTC, and either accept payment from them in cash or as a bank transfer.
However, you may also be considering selling your Bitcoin to a random person, perhaps someone who contacted you through a peer-to-peer marketplace or who you arranged to meet via an online forum. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that this can be a risky move, so it’s a good idea to arrange your meeting through a site that has some sort of rating system to help you gauge the legitimacy of the other party.
Taking normal safety precautions, such as arranging to meet in a public place, is also a must. You should also familiarise yourself with the kinds of scams that circulate on peer to peer exchanges, such as credit card chargeback fraud and man in the middle scams, so you know how to spot any red flags.
Withdrawing your funds after the sale
Even after you’ve sold your Bitcoin, your transaction hasn’t been fully completed. The final step is to withdraw the proceeds of your sale into either your bank account or your cryptocurrency wallet.
If you’ve sold Bitcoin through a platform that permits INR withdrawals, check to see what withdrawal methods are supported. Options include:
When choosing your withdrawal method, make sure you consider:
Fees. Many (but not all) platforms impose a withdrawal fee, and the fee charged usually varies depending on the withdrawal method selected.
Limits. Are there any minimum or maximum limits on how much you can transfer? How do they differ between withdrawal methods? Can you increase these limits by providing additional verification or ID?
Processing times. How long will it take for the INR to arrive in your wallet or bank account? For example, while cash withdrawals are instant, bank transfers can take several days to arrive.
Any other restrictions. For example, some exchanges will require you to withdraw funds using the same payment method with which you made your deposit.
Storing your cryptocurrency on an exchange for the long-term is not recommended. Exchanges control the private keys to these wallets and are also popular targets for hackers, so the safest option is to transfer your crypto into a secure wallet which lets you retain ownership of your private keys. It’s a good idea to set this wallet up well in advance of selling your Bitcoin, and make sure you double-check your wallet address before depositing any funds.
Once again, check whether there are any limits on the amount of crypto you can withdraw per-transaction or in any 24-hour period. You’ll also need to factor any withdrawal fee into the total cost of the transaction.
When is the right time to sell Bitcoin?
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to this question.
Timing is crucial to maximising the success of any trade – anyone who sold Bitcoin near one of its historical peaks can attest to this fact – but working out the right time to sell can be a tricky task. From crypto regulatory developments and broader economic factors to Bitcoin hype levels and even your own appetite for risk, there are many factors that can affect whether you should or shouldn’t sell your BTC.
You can sell Bitcoin for cash by using a Bitcoin ATM that allows you to exchange your BTC for an INR cash withdrawal. Alternatively, you could arrange to sell your Bitcoin through a peer-to-peer marketplace that accepts cash as a payment option, either meeting someone in person to accept payment or asking them to send a cash transfer through a payment service such as Western Union.
Bitcoin debit cards are linked to your cryptocurrency balance. They allow you to load your card with BTC, which is then converted into INR by the card provider so you can use it to buy goods and services in-store and online, or withdraw cash from an ATM.
You can sell Bitcoin through a peer-to-peer marketplace that accepts PayPal payments, such as LocalBitcoins or Paxful. Alternatively, some exchanges may also allow you to sell Bitcoin for INR, then withdraw your INR to the credit card or bank account linked to your PayPal account.
At the time of writing, you can’t. Coinbase only offers crypto to crypto conversions to Indian users.
Yes, some multi-currency wallets (such as Coinomi and Jaxx) come with an in-built exchange service that allows you to quickly swap Bitcoin for another crypto within your wallet. However, this convenience usually comes at a price, as the exchange rate you’ll get will typically be lower than the price you could get on an open exchange.
Yes. If you make a capital gain when you sell BTC for INR or exchange it for another crypto, a Capital Gains Tax (CGT) event occurs. For more details on the tax treatment of Bitcoin in India, check with the Income Tax Department or your accountant.
Look at the current sell offers listed on your chosen platform to get an idea of the average price. However, remember that you’re competing with the other sellers on that platform and will need to make a compelling offer. The price you set could vary depending on what else you’re bringing to the table, such as being in a convenient location for buyers or accepting cash payments.
Disclaimer: Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly
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Disclosure: At the time of writing the author holds ADA, ICX, IOTA and XLM.
Tim Falk is a freelance writer for Finder, writing across a diverse range of topics. Over the course of his 15-year writing career, Tim has reported on everything from travel and personal finance to pets and TV soap operas. When he’s not staring at his computer, you can usually find him exploring the great outdoors.
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